|Wednesday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 12 September 2007 19:51|
Rookie James Loney homered for the fifth time in his last six games for the Dodgers, who won for just the third time in their last 11 games against the Padres and moved within 2 1/2 games of San Diego in the NL wild-card race. Philadelphia and Colorado also trail the Padres by 2 1/2 games.
The second-place Padres dropped 3 1/2 games behind Arizona, which beat San Francisco 9-4, in the NL West.
Billingsley (11-4) allowed five hits with four walks and five strikeouts. The 23-year-old right-hander was was moved up a day after Lowe was scratched because of a bruised pitching hand.
Loney had three hits, including a two-run homer off rookie Justin Germano (7-10). Jeff Kent also homered for the Dodgers.
Germano allowed eight hits and six runs, five earned, in five-plus innings.
Diamondbacks 9, Giants 4
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mark Reynolds and Chris Snyder hit back-to-back home runs to help Arizona's Brandon Webb earn his 16th victory.
The first-place Diamondbacks increased their lead to 3 1/2 games over San Diego in the NL West. The Giants were eliminated from playoff contention.
Webb (16-10) allowed four runs and seven hits in seven innings.
Eric Byrnes had a sacrifice fly, Justin Upton a two-run double and Conor Jackson a two-run single in the Diamondbacks' four-run sixth.
Randy Winn had an RBI double and Bengie Molina's had a run-scoring for San Francisco in the sixth. Stephen Drew drove in two runs with a ground-rule double in the ninth.
Mets 4, Braves 3
NEW YORK (AP) - Shawn Green hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and New York tightened its grip on first place in the NL East.
Marlon Anderson homered off John Smoltz to help the Mets win for the 10th time in 12 games. They padded their division lead to seven games over second-place Philadelphia, which was routed by Colorado.
Jose Reyes drove in one run and scored another as New York took two of three from Atlanta.
The Braves, who played without slugger Chipper Jones (strained muscle) all series, fell 9 1/2 games behind the Mets. With 16 games remaining, Atlanta's slim wild-card hopes are fading fast.
The Mets led 3-1 with two outs and nobody on in the eighth, but Atlanta rallied to tie it on Jeff Francoeur's two-run single off Guillermo Mota (2-1).
Carlos Beltran opened the bottom half with a single against rookie Manny Acosta (0-1), stole second and advanced to third on a groundout before scoring on Green's single to right-center.
Billy Wagner worked a perfect ninth for his 34th save.
Pirates 7, Brewers 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ronny Paulino singled in the go-ahead run in a three-run eighth inning for Pittsburgh as Milwaukee fell into a tie with Chicago for first place in the NL Central.
Pinch-hitter Josh Phelps followed Paulino's hit with a two-run triple off Derrick Turnbow (4-5) and rookie Steve Pearce drove in two runs for Pittsburgh, which is one loss from a 15th consecutive losing season despite having won twice in the three-game series.
Milwaukee, which fell into the tie for the division when the Cubs beat Houston 3-2, dropped to 20-42 at PNC Park, which opened in 2001.
The Brewers tied it at 4 in the eighth on Prince Fielder's run-scoring grounder and Corey Hart's RBI triple. But the Brewers, who had won nine of 13, left the bases loaded when John Grabow (3-1) got pinch-hitter Geoff Jenkins to ground out.
Turnbow walked Jose Bautista and Pearce before Paulino's single put Pittsburgh ahead. Phelps then tripled to left-center.
Matt Capps pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 18 opportunities.
The Pirates opened a 4-0 lead by the third against Dave Bush (11-11), who allowed four runs and five hits over five innings.
Cubs 3, Astros 2
HOUSTON (AP) - Rich Hill allowed three hits over seven innings and Chicago moved into a tie with Milwaukee for the NL Central lead.
Hill (9-8) struck out seven and walked three as the Cubs snapped a four-game losing streak at Minute Maid Park. They entered the day one game behind the Brewers, who lost 7-4 at Pittsburgh.
Ryan Dempster, who lost Tuesday's game in the 11th inning when he gave up a walkoff triple, earned his 26th save in 29 chances despite allowing a run in the ninth inning.
Cliff Floyd hit a solo homer in the second and tripled in the fourth off Houston starter Matt Albers (4-8). Ryan Theriot had two RBIs, snapping an 0-for-14 stretch with an infield single that scored Floyd.
The Astros have lost six of seven games and nine of 14 since Cecil Cooper replaced Phil Garner as manager on Aug. 27. With the loss, Houston is guaranteed to finish below .500 for the first time since 2000 and for just the second time since 1991.
Mark Loretta, who had three hits, led off the seventh with his third homer of the season and first since June 29.
Rockies 12, Phillies 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Matt Holliday lined into a triple play, then hit a three-run homer his next time up in Colorado's romp.
The Rockies posted the most-lopsided road shutout in team history - they won 11-0 at San Diego on Sept. 13, 2000. Holliday, who homered twice Tuesday against the Phillies, connected for the fourth straight game.
Four Colorado pitchers combined on a four-hitter against the league's top-scoring team. Mark Redman (1-4) allowed two hits over five innings.
Colorado, Philadelphia and Los Angeles are all 2 1/2 games behind San Diego in the NL wild-card race.
Phillies rookie starter Kyle Kendrick (8-4) left in the fourth inning with a bruised knee after getting hit by Garrett Atkins' line drive. X-rays were negative and Kendrick was day-to-day.
Cory Sullivan led off the game with a single and Troy Tulowitzki bunted for a single. Holliday followed with a hard shot that third baseman Greg Dobbs caught inches above the ground. He threw to second baseman Chase Utley for the second out, and Utley tagged Tulowitzki.
The Phillies also turned a triple play at Cincinnati on April 21.
Holliday hit his 30th home run in the third for a 3-0 lead. He leads the NL with 119 RBIs.
Marlins 5, Nationals 4, 12 innings
MIAMI (AP) - Todd Linden singled in pinch-runner Reggie Abercrombie with two outs in the 12th inning to lift Florida to the victory.
Mike Jacobs led off the 12th with a double against Saul Rivera (4-6) and was replaced by Abercrombie. After a strikeout, Abercrombie went to third on a groundout. Linden then singled up the middle.
Byung-Hyun Kim tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in 5 2-3 innings for the Marlins. He gave up four runs and seven hits.
Daniel Barone (1-2), the last of seven Florida pitchers, pitched a scoreless inning to get the win.
Starter Joel Hanrahan went 3 1-3 innings for Washington, which used nine pitchers. Hanrahan gave up three runs, six hits and six walks.
Ryan Church and Wily Mo Pena hit back-to-back homers off Kim in the fifth to give Washington a 4-3 lead.
Reds 5, Cardinals 1
CINCINNATI (AP) - Bronson Arroyo allowed one run over six innings and Edwin Encarnacion had a homer and three RBIs as Cincinnati handed St. Louis Cardinals its season-high sixth straight loss.
Brandon Phillips also homered for the Reds as St. Louis missed an opportunity to close in on first place in the NL Central.
The Cardinals are four games behind co-leaders Milwaukee and Chicago in the division.
Arroyo (9-14) allowed six hits with no walks and five strikeouts in six innings to pick up his fourth win in his last five decisions.
Phillips gave the Reds a 1-0 lead in the fifth with his 29th homer.
Anthony Reyes (2-14) went 3 1-3 innings, allowing four hits and three runs in his first start since Aug. 31.
Encarnacion has four hits - all home runs - and six RBIs in six career at-bats against Reyes.